Qualcomm’s augmented reality glasses will arrive in 2021: connected to mobile and with projection on the wall of virtual screens
Qualcomm has presented the new Snapdragon XR1 glasses, its reference model for augmented reality. After several years with a more basic model, these new glasses from Qualcomm are expected to become the basis for the next-generation glasses that will arrive from next year.
The first glasses based on this new platform will be the Lenovo ThinkReality A3, what are expected for mid 2021. But as with every new Qualcomm product, more manufacturers are expected to join the trend and show us their own models. Here we explain what these new Snapdragon XR1 bring. Some glasses that will mark the base of what the rest of augmented reality glasses will bring.
Micro-OLED FullHD displays at 90 Hz and environment detection
The Snapdragon XR1 “Smart viewer” are glasses with a rather stylish design, which they will be connected to the mobile or computer via USB-C. We have glasses with two 0.71-inch screens, with BOE micro-OLED technology and a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz.
The resolution of this new generation has improved, reaching 1,920 x 1,080 pixels in each eye and a 45 degree angle. Inside is the Snapdragon XR1 chipset, specially created for this type of device.
At the sensor level, the XR1 glasses come very well equipped. We have dual camera with motion sensor (6DoF), a 120º RGB eight megapixel sensor and an HD camera with a 150 degree field. While for sound, the glasses come with up to three microphones and double speakers.
The different cameras allow the monitoring of the hands, as well as the detection of the environment, such as walls. Through this function, these augmented reality glasses they will allow to project virtual screens and for example have several desks or applications in front, being able to interact through gestures.
Qualcomm highlights that these glasses will consume 30% less compared to previous generations and will mainly allow run different applications on multiple floating screens. For example, have a movie and a text document. Next to each other. At the connectivity level, they have a USB 3.2 C port and we have a 220 mAh battery, although this last data could depend on the manufacturer.
Very promising glasses that allow us to get a better idea of what multiple manufacturers are expected to bring over the next year. Will 2021 be the year of augmented reality? From Qualcomm at least they hope so. We will see if this time they can convince a wider audience.
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